What students should really be thankful for

College is just one of those things we take for granted. We think of it as something that we're supposed to do, something we have to do, and definitely not something we should be thankful for. 

But that's not right. There are some amazing things about college that are worth thinking about, and worth showing respect for. 

So we made a list. It’s a very good list. It took a lot of pondering, a lot of reflection, and we did it to make us all think about just why college is such a spectacular, global tradition. It’s our Thanksgiving Thankful list.

Thankful List:

  1. You’re learning things that you’ll never be able to learn again. Many of the classes you’ll take in college are really interesting and can't simply be recreated in your bedroom. Sure you can join a Sub-Reddit or watch some Crash Course videos, but nothing will ever compare to the influential (sometimes rigorous) learning you’ll do in college.

  2. You’re meeting lifelong friends. Just like these courses, making friends in college is easily done in college. Outside of college? Not as easy. The memories you’re making, things you’re learning, and changes you’re making together is something to be cherished. This young adult playground doesn't last forever. 

  3. You’re Maturing. Sometimes you can just be thankful for not being stagnant. You’re learning things, both scholarly and worldly, and facing challenges that’ll make you a more mature person. You’re also doing a bunch of silly childish things at the same time, so go figure.

  4. You’re becoming a master of something. It really is time that students begin to find something they’re good at and own it. Don’t just choose a major, embrace one and make it work for you. The time and support college gives you to do this is definitely something to be thankful for.

  5. You have a ton of support. While you’re not babied at college, many teachers, fellow students and friends will still have your back. Sure students will still compete, but at the end of the day there are plenty of campus groups meant to support you. 

  6. You’re independent. Whether you’re paying for all, part, or none of your tuition, attending college immediately deems you an independent person. This is a great feeling, and it gives you  the opportunity to see what you’re really made of. Life is also a lot more fun and exciting that way.

  7. You’re joining a legacy. Some colleges have more pride than others, and if this year has taught us anything, it’s that sometimes it’s very difficult to have any pride at all. Still, there is good in all schools, especially if you take advantage of it. Whether you want to embrace the Mathematics department, the Frisbee Team, or the school as a whole, be thankful for the fact that you’re joining something that’s bigger than you that you can look back on for the rest of your life. Where that hoodie proudly. 

  8. You’re building relationships with accomplished people. Professors aren’t nobodies. They’re smart, accomplished, experts in their field. Don’t be afraid to get to know them a little better, and make sure to be thankful for the chance to learn from them. If done right this can pay off in (fingers crossed) a job opportunity.

  9. You made it. College may have always seemed inevitable to you, if not unavoidable, but just the fact that you’re enrolled, with all these amazing opportunities swimming around at your feet, is certainly something to be thankful for. Really stop for a second to feel good about yourself. It’s a sign of respect. Then go ahead and thank all the people who’ve helped you.

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Should I Join a Theatre Group in College?

Take it from a former college theatre geek, your school stage will most likely be the best and last stage you'll ever be on. 

After graduation, it’s all community theater and church ensembles, and who has the time for that? Nobody, that's who. 

Going to the farmers market is one of those things that just feels good.

They're quaint and novel, full of happy people buying hand-grown food, and sometimes, they even have a guy playing an accordian over by the pickle stand. It doesn't get better than that, my friends. 

On-Campus Farmers Markets

The lost art of growing vegitables and selling them directly to the community isn't lost yet at these awesome college, where students and professors alike are able to walk less than the length of the campus to a fresh and fantastic farmers markets.

Disc Golf is Everwhere on a College Campus

What do a statue of a university founder, a liberal arts building and an on-campus coffee shop have in common? They can all be disc golf targets.

That’s right, practically every college campus can and should be used as a disc golf course. It’s done at St. Mary’s University, where students get to throw over streams and historic graveyards. And it’s done at the University of Oregon, where students shoot through skinny, sprawling oak trees.

Why Chess is Such a Great Game

Chess may be one of the most important games in humanity.

It has taken geniuses and robots to master, has lasted through centuries of sporting, permeated across the globe and found its way onto almost every college campus in the country. Yet despite its prodigious back story, it is still one of the most democratic games, funneling down to just two individuals and their wits. 

Who is Wes Anderson?

Wes Anderson is half-average guy half-magician. His fashion, visual style, films and characters are all relatable, genuine, cool and absurdly different. He’s been making amazing cult films since the late 80’s, attracting fans of all ages and backgrounds. But at one point he was nothing more than a dude sitting in the back of a college play-write class, looking to make friends and talk movies. 

Having something you wrote with your name attached to it on a website that you didn’t create is resume gold. I'm not talking about your personal blog (which can still be very impressive), I'm talking about guest blogging. 

Guest blogging shows initiative, skill, and business cunning. And although it seems like everyone’s doing it, trust me, it’ll still make you stand out.

The best thing about SpoonUniversity is that its writers understand students. 

College students go to class. College students study in libraries. College students go on $3 hot dog runs at 2 a.m. What they don’t do—is cook. At least not as much as they could.

SpoonUniversity is fixing that.

Having trouble making friends in college?

Worry not - you're not alone! Making friends at any stage of life is a challenge, especially if you're somewhat shy, introverted, or -- we're just going to come out and say it -- "picky". 

Some think it should be easy to make friends in college since there are so many people around, but that's not true. If anything, the amount of options and directions students are pulled in can make it harder to find someone you can really get along with. 

Alright, if our calculations are correct then between move-in day and graduation day you could meet a Prince, a future American President, a surfer musician, a quarterback, or a genius.

You could also meet some other non-famous cutie hanging out around campus, but that wouldn't be as exciting. 

Competitive people can’t help being competitive just like lazy people can’t help being lazy. It’s simply in the blood. But for obvious (and unfortunate) culturally American reasons, teachers, parents and honest friends will berate you for being lazy, but wont for being overly competitive. That’s because competitive people tend to excel: top percentile grades, multiple extracurricular activities and popularized class rank are among some of the achievements of those who win at school.

Should You Listen to Your Parents College Advice?

For the most part, yes. When it comes to picking a degree or figuring out the finances then your parents can be a huge help.

But there are other things about they don't know a whole lot about, and that's because college has changed so much since they went. 

The basics are the same—find a subject you like and excel at it, enjoy your social life but don’t get carried away, try to get a degree in four years—but some of what they tell you will only get your hopes up or stress you out. Here's what's changed. 

College is Full of Surprises

There are a lot of cliches about college. Even friends, family, and former students can give you false information.

Every school (and people's perceptions of them) are different. And sometimes people just flat out embellish (you know those people). 

They say that Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but they're wrong, it’s called Google.

Everything you need to know to be able to write a good research paper, bring relatable current news to your classroom, back up your arguments and lead a rewarding life you can be found through Google.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of bad information out there that will clutter your search results and force you to miss the good stuff. We don't want you to miss the good stuff. 

The End of Winter Break...

The start of the second semester is a strange time to be a student. For the past several weeks, your lifestyle has been the complete antithesis to educational development—you’ve probably finished a shameful number of Netflix shows, spent some quality time with hometown friends, and haven’t been waking up before 10 or reading from a textbook.

Now, you'll soon be going back to campus where you'll be asked to do the total opposite.

If you don’t start a club in college, chances are you never will. That’s just the truth. I mean it’s the perfect place. It’s full of active, fun-seeking, mostly adventurous students—enough to flock around most obscure/unique/weird interests you may have.

If you’re down with all this and want to continue or start an epic tradition, then listen up, because there are still some things that can go way wrong.